SHELTON, Conn. (WTNH)– A woman’s service dog has gone missing and now she is asking residents of Shelton for help finding her.
According to an animal rescue agency, a six-year-old Shiba Inu named Flame went missing while her owner, Carolyn Cook, checked into the Residence Inn on Bridgeport Avenue on Tuesday. Cook planned to stay one night at the inn on her way from upstate New York to Austin, but as she went into her room at the rear side of the hotel, Flame was scared by the sound of the slamming door and ran in to the woods.
The animal agency says that Flame is a certified service dog for Cook who suffers from PTSD and agoraphobia. Cook does not know anyone in town and is asking residents of Shelton, as well as surrounding towns, for help finding Flame. She was last seen on the corner of Huntington Road and Bridgeport Avenue and is believed to still be in the area.
Local animal rescuers have been advised that while Flame is a friendly dog, she is likely scared so they advise people to approach her slowly, lay on the ground if possible and let Flame come to sniff you, but do not chase.
Cook says Flame is dog and people friendly as well as micro-chipped and wearing a collar, tags, harness, and a GPS device, that is currently out of range.
Anyone who sees Flame is asked to contact Cook at 970-456-2003.